The talking tin with James Royal-Lawson

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  • Digital design is conflicted

    In digital design, we are conflicted between thinking fast and slow, and between caring and causing harm. I'll explain what is happening, why it is happening, and what we can do to correct it. I'll also give you some concrete advice about checking how appropriate your speed is.This article that this episode is a reading of contains many links to references. I recommend that you visit Digital design is conflicted and look at the links.Sound credits: Glass breaking by Ruben Uitenweerde (CC BY 3.0 DEED)Female snoring by Blouhond (CC BY-NC 4.0 DEED)Breathing, calm, mouth exhale by Giddster (CC0 1.0 DEED)

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